What makes this Mother’s Day stand out from the last fifteen years worth of Mother’s Days, is that I had “Mom” here with me, and as an extra bonus, two of my sisters were with us too, plus Suz., who seemed to enjoy the whole time. The setting was here in Terrace, BC, where my Mom and sisters drove from Prince Rupert, and spent most of the day here, with a huge family dinner at Suz.’s, family in Thornhill, BC, to end the day off. It was an action packed day, and I bet most everyone slept well after all the actives we did.
It was my baby sister’s turn to drive out from Prince Rupert over to Terrace and Thornhill, where I live. They got into town around noon-ish, where the first order of business was all them wanting to see my “compartment,” or humble abode, which has barely any room. They saw the “compartment,” but they had to stand because I only have one chair that is free to sit on, and two others that have stuff on them. It was standing room only for them, but they seemed not to mind. My place is small, especially with four women standing in it, but they said it was cute until I told them what the rent is, then the cuteness feelings drifted off. Of course, Mom wanted to see my rock/crystal collection, and all my unpacked boxes sitting my bedroom. Oh, and of course, they wanted to taste the beautiful Thornhill water.
The next stop was a walk around Ferry Island, where Mom wanted to see the tree carvings along the South Trail. With a super sunny day, we had little breezes to cool us down. My sister and her daughter, who came from Prince Rupert, had troubles with the heat, so we kept the pace slow with lots of stops along the way. Whenever we got close to the river, they were relieved as the difference with the cool breeze was about 10C cooler. They were not used to the inland heat we get here in Terrace. The Skeena River was high, from the spring run off, but not enough to reach over it banks. Only some parts of the trail system were not accessible due to high water, but this is normal this time of year. It was very funny as we passed each tree with a carving on it, we had to stop while the phone cameras came out, and each one took their turn taking their shots. I brought my camera too, but I was taking photos of them taking photos of the trees–it was funny.
The next big event was the dinner over at Suz’s parents place, where we were treated with an awesome dinner of cool delights. From jello, and pasta salads with ham and vegetable dishes, the dinner was a big hit. The highlight was seeing my Mom meeting Suz’s Mom, and they seem to have hit it off. Mom used to live in Terrace way back in the ’70s and ’80s, so both seem to have claimed to remember each other then, but it was hard to tell with nearly thirty years of time under the bridge between them since then. Nonetheless we talked, shared stories and reminisce about the past. As the evening grew late, it was time for them to make the trek back to Prince Rupert on the highway. My baby sister was the one driving, (her SUV) so night-time driving is not in her comfort zone, so they left before the Sun moved below the horizon. The trek home for them is an Hour and a half drive, so getting there before dark was a priority.
In all, an awesome day! Lots of photos, lots of memories to go with them, and of course I think we will all have a good-night’s sleep. We did a lot, physically, from walking to eating, the day was full of activities. But most of all, it was day for our Mother’s, and I do believe they had a day of awesomeness surrounded with family, and with a Sun filled spring day that felt like a mid summer one.